Reducing deprivation to level of least deprived could cut infant deaths by a quarter

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 03 June 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2220
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1Margate

    Almost a quarter of all infant deaths in England and Wales could be prevented if deprivation were cut to the level of the least deprived, says a report from the Office for National Statistics and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

    The researchers base their figures on the numbers of live singleton births in England and Wales in 2005-6 and indicators of deprivation.

    Of 1.3 million live births in England and Wales in this period, 6491 were registered as infant deaths. The infant mortality rate for singleton births was 4.4 per 1000 live births compared with 23.5 per 1000 for multiple births.

    Low birth …

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